What is CE Approval
The letters ‘CE’ which shows CE Approval, appear on many products that are traded on the single market in the European Economic Area (EEA). CE stands for Conformité Européenne, which is French for “European Conformity.”
The CE Approval has existed in its present form since 1985, the CE marking is required for many products. It:
- shows that the manufacturer has checked that these products meet EU safety, health or environmental requirements
- is an indicator of a product’s compliance with EU legislation
- allows the free movement of products within the European market
By placing the CE Approval marking on a product a manufacturer is declaring, on his sole responsibility, conformity with all of the legal requirements to achieve CE marking. The manufacturer is thus ensuring validity for that product to be sold throughout the EEA. This also applies to products made in third countries which are sold in the EEA and Turkey.
Not all products must bear the CE Approval marking. Only those product categories subject to specific directives that provide for the CE marking are required to be CE marked.
CE Approval marking does not mean that a product was made in the EEA, but states that the product is assessed before being placed on the market. It means the product satisfies the legislative requirements to be sold there. It means that the manufacturer has checked that the product complies with all relevant essential requirements, for example health and safety requirements.
If you are a manufacturer it is your responsibility to:
- carry out the conformity assessment
- set up the technical file
- issue the EC Declaration of Conformity (DoC)
- place CE marking on a product
If you are a distributor you must check the presence of both the CE Approval marking and the necessary supporting documentation.
If you are importing a product that is from a third country you have to check that the manufacturer outside the EU has undertaken the necessary steps. You must check that the documentation is available.
Do you need CE Approval for Drones
The simple answer is Yes. DJI Have an EU Declaration of Conformity for all their drones and a lot of of other ancillary items like batteries, battery chargers, controllers and Crystal Sky monitors.
Parrot are not as organised as DJI they only have a few PDF documents showing in Google search with their page relating to CE marking of their drones being unavailable.
Yuneec drones and batteries carry the CE marking but using Google Search and the search facility on the Yuneec website we could not find any of their CE Approval documents.
Do the Drone Apps need CE Approval
The answer to this question is No. CE Approval marking is only required for medical software.
DJI when they developed their GO and GO4 Apps running on both Android and IOS, they provided an SDK (software Development toolkit) which enabled companies like Litchi and DroneDeploy to build alternative apps to control DJI drones. Like DJI Litchi does not need CE Approval for their Litchi App or computer based Litchi Mission Hub.
Here is a copy of an email from Litchi confirming their position on the CE Approval matter.